During the fall of 2016 Melek and I went on a short tour of several boutique wineries in Tekirdag with our good friends Mete and Nadire Durdag. Thrace is the region of Turkey that is in Europe, bordering Greece and Bulgaria. Three provinces in Thrace (Tekirdag, Canakkale and Kirklareli) are home to some of Turkey’s best wineries.
Our first stop was Chateau Nuzun, founded by a husband-wife engineers who migrated from California 10+ years ago. “Nuzun” is derived from Nazan Uzun, the female owner. The grapes are grown in their own vineyards using organic agriculture. The facilities are quite modern. They specialize in red and some rose wine. As they are a boutique winery their product are sold in a few retailers. Nazan Hanim gave us a tour of their fine facilities, we tasted and bought some wine and headed to our next stop.
We stopped next at Barel Winery, but we were not able to get a tour because the staff was busy with production. We then continued to Umurbey. There too was no opportunity to visit the facilities. We were briefed about the winery and bought some white wines we were already familiar with.
Gülor is one of the first wineries producing Bordeau-style wine in Turkey. Founded in 1993 by Guler Sabanci, the chairwoman of one of Turkey’s top industrial conglomerates, the winery produces wines from traditional western as well as Turkish grape varieties. We were given a short tour of the modern facilities and purchased some wine.
Our last stop was another boutique winery, Chateau Kalpak, founded in 1991 by Bulent Kalpaklioglu after a career in investment banking in the US and France. Kalpak’s wines have won several international awards, including “best National Producer award in 2014 from International Wine Challenge (AWC), Vienna. The facilities were impressive. We had a very pleasant tasting experience (followed by purchase of more wine:)
This was a very pleasant trip, which we would want to repeat. We stayed at the Ramada Inn in Tekirdag (very pleasant) and had lunch and dinner in restaurants along the North Aegean coast.